Lotus has finally given us a name for their upcoming electric hypercar: EVIJA.
The name is pronounced “ev-eye-a” and means “the first in existence” or “the living one.” Lotus didn’t tell us what language this made-up word is rooted in, so we have nothing to really go on. Seem a bit of a stretch, but then again, Lotus must be running out of “E” words to name their cars.
It’s also appropriate for an electric hypercar to start with the letters “EV.”
Besides the name, we’re still just as in the dark about Lotus’ latest creation as we were back when it was officially announced last April. We know it’ll be electric, it’ll have “hypercar” levels of performance, and it will be “a turning point for our brand and is a showcase of what we are capable of and what is to come from Lotus,” according to brand CEO Phil Popham.
We do have at least a little bit more info to share, and that’s all thanks to the brief teaser video showcased with the press release. We're given a short look at what appears to be the car’s middle console where there is a big red “start/stop” button along with D, N, and R buttons. This seems to indicate the traditional shifter has been eschewed in favor of these buttons, which makes sense for an entirely electric car.
We’re also shown what appears to be the Evija’s instrument screen, which shows the bright, glowing EVIJA name just after the driver hits start. Again, not a big surprise given the car’s electric nature, but it’s still something.
Lotus said they’ll make 130 of these electric hypercars in honor of the name Type 130, with deliveries starting sometime in 2020. We’ll learn more at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, where Lotus will apparently have an Evija at their stand for people to gawk at.
The full reveal will have to wait until July 16th at a special event in London.